Palaces of the Past in Mesa Verde National Park

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Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park. Photo courtesy of Mesa Verde Country.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park. 

Experience the lives of the Ancestral Puebloans who inhabited this enchanting landscape for more than 10,000 years.

While climbing one of the several 10-foot ladders at Cliff Palace on a hot day, you'll realize why ancient people spent 700 years in what is now Mesa Verde National Park.

About 1,400 years ago, ancestral Puebloans (also known as Anasazi) built more than 600 dwellings into the gorgeous sandstone cliffs that serve as nature's air conditioning in the heat of the summer.

Tour these dwellings to catch a glimpse into our nation's ancient history. You must go on a guided tour with a park ranger to see Cliff Palace, Balcony House and Long House. Purchase your tickets for these tours in person at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center up to two days in advance. The visitor center is home to exhibits, restrooms, park information and the park's museum collection of more than 3 million objects. 

Greg Thornwall from Boonsboro, Maryland - Climbing the Ladder, Mesa Verde National Park

Climbing the 32-foot ladder to Balcony House in Mesa Verde National Park

A world heritage site, Mesa Verde has been named the “Number One Historical Monument in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler magazine and “One of the 50 Places to Visit in a Lifetime” by National Geographic magazine.

For more information

Mesa Verde National Park
www.nps.gov/meve/

Mesa Verde Country
Colorado Welcome Center
(970) 565-8227
928 E Main St, Cortez, CO 81321
mesaverdecountry.com

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